Kentucky State Fair

Champion Ham Fetches $600,000

by Rick Howlett on August 25, 2011

A team from Louisville-based Republic Bank submitted the top bid for this year’s Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham (displayed in photo by Miss Kentucky Ann Blair Thornton).

The ham auction is the traditional end of the annual Kentucky Farm Bureau country ham breakfast at the fair.

Republic Bank was the top bidder at $600,000 for the nearly 17 pound ham, produced by Broadbent B&B Foods in western Kentucky.

Republic executive Steve Trager (left) will select the charities to receive the auction proceeds.

“Historically, what we’ve done is education/health care (charities). That’s kind of been our focus. Those are certainly some needs in Kentucky and we’ll earmark this for those types of entities,” he said.

Last year’s champion ham sold for $1.6 million, when Trager and Dr. Mark Lynn, founder of Dr. Bizer’s Vision World, combined their bids.

Trager says he’s not sure what he’ll do with the ham. In past years, it’s been served at philanthropic events.

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Kentucky State Fair Officials Plan No Changes Following Indiana Tragedy

by Rick Howlett August 17, 2011

Gates open tomorrow morning at 7:00 for the 2011 Kentucky State Fair. Spokeswoman Amanda Storment says officials are mindful of last week’s tragedy at the Indiana State Fair, where five people were killed when a concert stage rigging was brought down by a gust of wind. Storment says they’re confident that the rigging that’s used […]

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Over 800 Show for Kentucky State Fair Jobs

by Devin Katayama August 8, 2011

Hiring for temporary positions for Kentucky’s 107th State Fair began on Monday. Around 850 people lined up to fill 275 positions. As WFPL reported, applications will be accepted up until the last day of the fair on Aug. 28. “Some people can only work a couple days a week. We need to hire more people […]

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Hiring To Begin Soon For State Fair Jobs

by Rick Howlett July 28, 2011

Hiring will begin early next month for about 275 temporary jobs at the Kentucky State Fair. The positions include maintenance and housekeeping staff, admission gate keepers, tour guides and tram drivers. Wages begin at $7.25 an hour. Hiring begins Monday, August 8 and continues through the fair’s ten-day run, which begins on August 18. Application […]

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For The 35th Straight Year, It's The Oak Ridge Boys

by Rick Howlett August 21, 2010

The quartet has appeared at more Kentucky State Fairs than any other entertainment act, and vocalist Duane Allen says it’s a streak the band is well aware of.

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106th Kentucky State Fair Begins

by Rick Howlett August 19, 2010

Activities include hundreds of exhibits, contests, concerts and a midway that was expanded this year in response to the closing of the adjacent Kentucky Kingdom amusement park.

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Kentucky State Fair Begins This Week

by Rick Howlett August 16, 2010

For the first time in more than 20 years, Kentucky Kingdom will not be a part of the event. Fair Board spokesperson Vicki Glass says this means more and newer rides for the midway.

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Hundreds Turn Out For State Fair Jobs

by Rick Howlett August 9, 2010

Hundreds of people stood in line Monday to apply for jobs at this year’s Kentucky State Fair. The fair board plans to fill 450 temporary positions, including maintenance work, groundskeeping, tour guides and tram drivers.

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Deadline to Enter State Fair Contests Approaching

by scrosby June 14, 2010

by Stephanie Crosby A few changes are taking place this year to the competitions at the Kentucky State Fair. Expositions Director Corinne Fetter says there are a number of changes to several categories ranging from livestock to photography. “New for this year, in our vegetable and melon department, we have the largest pumpkin contest,” says […]

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State Fair Attendance Up Six Percent

by Rick Howlett September 2, 2009

This year’s Kentucky State Fair drew nearly 622,000 people, a six-percent increase from the previous year and the second-highest total in five years.                          Fair Board President Harold Workman says officials were optimistic that attendance would pick up this year, given the fact that more people were choosing to spend their entertainment dollars closer to […]

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